Hanukkah is a wonderful time filled with games, food, family, and fun.
It’s also the celebration of an ancient miracle, and retelling and remembering the story of that miracle is an essential part of the holiday, for young and old. The story of the courageous Maccabees is retold in simple yet dramatic text, accompanied by vibrant paintings of the battle, the Temple of Jersualem, and the oil which miraculously burned for eight long nights.
A traditional recipe for latkes is included, as are directions for the dreidel game, for readers who want to continue the festivities at home.
A nicely illustrated story of the history of Hanukkah! This book does a good job of summing up the story without being too long for younger readers. There’s even a recipe at the end for Latkes and instructions for playing Dreidel. :)
This book tells the story of how Hanukkah began with the conquering of the Greeks by the Maccabees and the restoration of their temple at Jerusalem. The story and illustrations were fine, but didn’t pull me in as much as some other tellings have.
Jill Weber doubles as a children’s book illustrator and designer. Her favorite projects are the ones where she wears both hats. She has illustrated numerous books for children and adults. She has three new books coming out next year—Pippa’s Passover Plate by Vivian Kirkfield (Holiday House, NY), What Is The Story of Hello Kitty? by Kirsten Anderson (Penguin Workshop, NY) and Goodnight Bubbala by Sheryl Haft (Dial Books for Young Readers, NY). When she is not in her studio drawing or at NHIA teaching, she can found working in her garden.